Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

We find a starting place to forgive

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The Lord’s Prayer is the template for our prayers. Jesus provided His guidance in response to a disciple’s request for teaching on prayer. This question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism addresses what we ask from God by requesting His forgiveness of our sins.

The Christian life is simple to live…


Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

And enjoy His blessing with them

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Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον. These funny-looking letters and words are the third petition of the Lord’s Prayer.

“The bread of us the daily grant us today” as it appears in the original koine Greek. The awkwardness is due to it being a word-for-word transliteration. This article…


Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

That His will becomes ours

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Jesus kneeled in the midnight garden. Beads of sweat ran from His hair and down His face thick and slow. He prayed in a kind of agony, imploring His father, God, to relieve Him. He faced a horrible set of events. Jesus knew the details of what lay in store…


The Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

Peer into your heart

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Do we pray for a future condition? Or, do we pray for something we already own? Yes and no. What do we mean by “Thy kingdom come?” According to the English theologian N.T. Wright, “Think of the vision at the end of Revelation. It isn’t about humans being snatched up…


The Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

We recognize His heavenly and holy nature

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How do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? For what are you praying? Has it become a rote exercise, a preamble to all prayer? Have you noticed the way that your church uses the Lord’s Prayer in the worship services?

These sorts of questions arise when we study this prayer. Matthew…


The Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

Approaching and speaking to our Father

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Believers should not confine prayer to the church or the altar. That ought to get a big, “Duh!” After all, we have no record of Jesus performing formal prayer in a synagogue, nor did He recommend it. …


The Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

How to converse with God

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If you are reading this article, the chances are that you already pray. All of us who have cultivated the practice of prayer also enjoy reading about other’s prayer lives. The question of how prayer feels, sounds, and looks interests us. If you are reading this intending to develop a…


Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

What are they and why are they?

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A sacrament is a symbolic ritual through which God delivers the Gospel. These rituals are accepted through faith. Christians observe these services because Jesus Christ instituted them as signifiers of His followers. Differences lie in the rituals and their observance.

The Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church observe…


Westminster Shorter Catechism Series

Even us guys need to read the manual

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You know who I mean. All you who are confident in your skills. Reading the instructions doesn’t apply to us. We can figure this out. Oh, man! Where does that doojigger go? Looks essential, but is it?

Does the above read like anything you’ve approached and botched on the first…

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